Things have been so busy around here lately that I haven’t even had a chance to sit down and tap away on this computer. So here I am. I have dragged myself out of bed at 5am to pick up my act. How have you been? I haven’t forgotten you all, I promise.
It has been visitor central here lately and I love it. Joanie and Stu left and I was pretty upset and lonely, it is so nice to have someone to chat to in the kitchen not to mention the help they provide. But help soon arrived. Lyn and Mick drove in last Wednesday. I don’t think I have seen these two for about 11 years. I can’t even tell you how fantastic it has been to have them here to stay. Lyn has been like a machine, go go go. Non stop cooking action and you should see her on the end of the broom and mop. What a legend. The crew have loved having her too because she is quite the dessert chef as it turns out. Mick has been busy helping out here there and everywhere and even did a spot of mowing for me.
They arrived the day Mr Chardy left for a quick trip to Darwin, so it was lovely to have some company. Poor Mr Chardy had to duck up to Darwin for a quick meeting. The only way he could get there was to drive. 13 hour drive up, quick meeting the next day and then a 13 hour drive home. Well actually a much longer drive home because he picked up a couple of Grey Nomads on the stock route and told them to come in through our paddocks. Don’t worry, they weren’t strangers…. it was my Mum and Dad – DD and Rexy. I didn’t think they were coming until the next day so it was a lovely surprise to see them arrive back with Mr C.
While Mr Chardy was up in Darwin some more visitors arrived. The family of one of our Jackaroo’s along with 3 other families. They are all holidaying together with their camper trailers. What a wonderful bunch of people. My boys were beside themselves because the football action on our lawn was quite a sight. The blokes were teaching Tom and Harry how to pass the ball. They loved every second of it.
We had a big BBQ the first night they arrived. Dinner for 27, no problem. Lynnie trotted out a Pavlova Roll and everyone was happy. We then had another BBQ before they left, a bit of a sausage sizzle farewell. Of course there were tears as we waved them all off, I really do hate goodbyes. Thanks for visiting guys, come back anytime!
So where are we up to? Ok, DD & Rexy….. the grandparents. We haven’t seen them for a year, since this time last year. The boys have been trailing along behind Poppy Rex, following him where ever he goes. Especially Clancy. It has been such a nice change not to have him following me 24/7. DD has familiarised herself with my laundry which is quite a bonus and has even found my ironing board. I had best pop my basket of ironing out.
We managed to convince Lyn and Mick to stay an extra night. It would have been too much saying goodbye to two lots of visitors in the one day and I had not made them a Japanese Slipper yet, so they just couldn’t go. Last night was our farewell dinner so I had to trot out some Slippers. And let me tell you – no one was disappointed, not even DD. Today we will have to wave them off and hope and pray that it isn’t another 11 years before we see them again. I can’t thank them enough for all the help they have given me and feel sad just typing this. We have had so many laughs….and glasses of wine!
Oh another exciting thing has happened. I have lined up a new cook. Trying not to get too excited… she isn’t here yet but will be soon, hopefully. I had best get that kitchen cleaned up. So there is light at the end of the tunnel. What was I thinking…. why on earth did I think it was ever a good idea to take on the cooking job? I have no idea…. but at least I have come to my senses and lets all just cross our fingers and hope that the new cook is an absolute legend.
It is Clancy’s Birthday tomorrow. He will be the big 4. No rest for the wicked, the show must go on. It has all been happening here at Chardy HQ, non stop cooking action really. I should just take my swag over to the kitchen and sleep there, I haven’t spent much time at home lately. Lucky DD & Rex are here now to help with the boys.
Oh we also have a new baby… a little poddy calf. Harry has named her Minnie. Isn’t she just gorgeous….
So tell me, what on earth have you been up to?
How are the school holidays treating you?